Al Jazeera reporter Deborah Davies told CNN’s Brian Stelter that her organization “had a second source” linking Peyton Manning’s wife Ashley to repeated shipments of human growth hormone (HGH).
Davies did not identify the anonymous source on Sunday’s “Reliable Sources,” but called the person “absolutely impeccably placed, knowledgeable, and credible, who confirmed exactly what [Charlie] Sly said.”
Sly is a former worker at the Guyer Institute of Molecular Medicine, where Peyton Manning had been treated. On undercover videotapes aired by Al Jazeera as part of a recent documentary, Sly had said, “all the time we would be sending Ashley Manning drugs. Like growth hormone, all the time, everywhere, Florida. And it would never be under Peyton’s name, it would always be under her name.”
The clear indication from the Al Jazeera report is that the aging pro football hero used the wonder-drug, though had it sent to his wife for cover. Peyton Manning has called the reports, “trash” and “garbage.”
Sly subsequently recanted what he said on the tapes, calling his statements “absolutely false and incorrect.”
Davies doesn’t quite believe the Manning family or Sly’s recent about-face. “If that wasn’t true, do you not think they would have straightaway come out and said, ‘This has never happened, no HGH has ever been shipped’ — they’ve never said that,” she said this weekend.
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